Have the Chicago Cubs finally found their closer? Maybe for the moment, but Kevin Gregg is not officially the Cubs closer. Gregg said he was throwing the ball well with the Dodgers in spring training, but he failed to win a spot in their bullpen. Gregg signed with the Cubs earlier this month and now finds himself closing games for a team that was DESPERATE to find anyone that could come in and record three outs in the ninth inning. He earned his fourth save on Monday night in the Cubs 5-3 victory over the Padres. He is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities since joining the club. Cubs manager Dale Sveum continues to say that he will use a closer-by-committee, but odds are he will go with the hot hand and stay with Gregg for now, but don't expect the success to continue. Kyuji Fujikawa, who is soon to return from the disabled list, and Carlos Marmol are certain to get more opportunities to close. This is a still a very unstable situation and fantasy owners need to proceed with caution.
The month of April has been a disaster for Giancarlo Stanton until the Chicago Cubs came to Miami this past weekend. Stanton had batted just .167, no home runs and 12 strikeouts over his first 38 plate appearances this season. Then things got worse for Stanton as he had to miss six games because of a shoulder injury. Since Stanton has returned from that injury, he is on a tear. On Sunday afternoon, he went 3-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI, and three runs scored. Stanton’s first home run of the season came Saturday on his 65th at-bat. Now, he has blasted three in his past six at-bats. Look for Stanton to have a big year in 2013 despite a being in a weak Marlins lineup.